Adjective "proper" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Denoting something that is truly what it is said or regarded to be; genuine.
  1. 'a proper meal'
  2. 'Herbicides inhibit the flow of natural and synthetic auxins, which are necessary for proper plant growth.'
  3. 'So for once I actually had three proper meals in a day.'
  4. 'I closed my eyes and enjoyed the moment after over two months; I had a real, tangible, proper bed.'
  5. 'It will undertake projects to provide proper drinking water, waste disposal and sanitation facilities for pilgrims.'
  6. 'Now I've heard some say that these aren't proper jobs.'
  7. 'She warned that unless Dave managed to hold down a proper job he could end up crying for real over the end of their relationship.'
  8. 'So the killer question is: who do you regard as a proper diver?'
  9. 'Many are actually ordinary middle-class citizens with proper jobs and houses.'
  10. 'His clothing is a little closer to proper formal attire, at least.'
  11. 'There is no fence to separate it from the nearby kampung, and no proper external lighting.'
  12. 'However, a late change of strategy saw them gamble on running the gelding in the Champion proper.'
  13. 'While five of their boxers got through on Saturday to contest the finals proper on Sunday, none succeeded in getting the decision in the ring.'
  14. 'Those are sandbags being carried via military helicopter to be dropped within the flooded areas there of New Orleans proper.'
  15. 'Having meditated on the fact that Minnesota wants for a poet laureate proper, City Pages decided to do our bit to remedy that lack.'
  16. 'It seems like there's a strip of stores and businesses three miles long, from the Michigan border into Iron Mountain proper.'
  17. 'Apart from the paraphernalia near the booth there was another aspect of the launch occurring on the large video screen in Federation Square proper.'
  18. 'The visit is part of the host town programme and he will visit a number of the sporting facilities and amenities that will be used by the athletes prior to the games proper.'
  19. 'Part of me wanted to tell her that Lydia had happily left home to be with Matty and was looking forward to their marriage and becoming a proper little housewife.'
  20. 'She's a proper little child, getting into mischief.'
Of the required or correct type or form; suitable or appropriate.
  1. 'they had not followed the proper procedures'
  2. 'And the Government will have to work harder to get a proper regulatory framework in place if super choice is to actually happen.'
  3. 'This procedure is often time-consuming, tedious to perform and requires proper facilities.'
  4. 'Often when dealing with parts of the engine, or the hard-to-reach spots under the hood, proper tools are required.'
  5. 'However, medical authorities have now claimed that the medical research leading to the finding lacks a proper scientific basis.'
  6. 'I thought the approach that I brought to the interview was the proper one under those circumstances and at that time.'
  7. 'Information leaflets ask riders to make sure they have proper helmets and appropriately maintained bikes, and are experienced enough to tackle the trails.'
  8. 'Its proper use requires moral reflection and the establishment of moral limits.'
  9. 'Appropriate modification and proper implementation of a unified public health Act for the State is the need of the hour.'
  10. 'According to Nietzsche, ‘art is the highest task and the proper metaphysical activity of this life’.'
  11. 'I'd want part of my work to be giving medical attention to the rural masses that have never had proper medical facilities.'
  12. 'a very prim and proper Swiss lady'
  13. 'It is not proper for the government to keep the innocent ignorant in order to help the guilty.'
  14. 'It is proper for both parties to talk via their host about staggering their attendance times, and far preferable to one being invited and not the other.'
  15. 'She'd learned to ride sidesaddle, as was proper for a young lady.'
  16. 'A true paragon of a British military officer, he was efficient, proper and habitually thorough.'
  17. 'I don't think that it is proper for me to give the details.'
  18. 'It's very proper for the Council to watch extremely carefully what I do and what those who work with me do.'
  19. 'But no, neither was proper for a young lady of noble blood, a princess especially.'
  20. 'It is perfectly proper for a local paper to throw its weight behind one side in a local issue, as it is for a columnist to express a personal opinion.'
  21. 'He dislikes dogs partly out of a sense of duty-he feels that, given his commitment to cats, it would not be quite proper for him to like dogs as well.'
  22. 'It is obviously proper for Parliament to lay down the framework within which the Judiciary operates.'
Belonging or relating exclusively or distinctively to; particular to.
  1. 'On the other hand, it has the distinction proper to students who know to respect themselves and the things of the spirit to which they dedicate themselves.'
In the natural colours.
    (of a person) good-looking.
      Denoting a subset or subgroup that does not constitute the entire set or group, especially one that has more than one element.
      1. 'An aliquot part of a number is a proper quotient of the number.'
      2. 'A number is abundant if the sum of its proper divisors is greater than the number itself.'


      Satisfactorily or correctly.
      1. 'If we all talked proper they wouldn't have to make us sound so awful.'


      The part of a church service that varies with the season or feast.
      1. 'That book has 1,293 pages, including such useful things as the propers for the Blessing of an Abbot.'
      2. 'Nevertheless, even within the settings of the propers and hours, one keeps coming across exquisitely beautiful moments.'


      1. adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable: the proper time to plant strawberries.

      2. conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous: a very proper young man.

      3. fitting; right: It was only proper to bring a gift.

      4. strictly belonging or applicable: the proper place for a stove.

      5. belonging or pertaining exclusively or distinctly to a person, thing, or group.

      6. strict; accurate.

      7. in the strict sense

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be proper to people."

      "people can be proper out theres."

      "lines can be proper for hearings."

      "forces can be proper for missions."

      "endings can be proper to tones."

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      Middle English: from Old French propre, from Latin proprius ‘one's own, special’.